Police praise emergency services ahead of festival

Police Scotland has issued advice for those attending this weekend’s Wickerman Festival and has praised efforts by emergency services who have helped in organising the event.

Inspector Stuart Davidson, Event Planner for The Wickerman said: ‘‘The organisers, the emergency services and the many agencies involved have packed in a power of work in months of extensive planning to deliver what will be another world class festival. It is a true team effort.

‘‘Wickerman is a landmark event that has been built on years of the experience, know-how and good-old fashioned hard work of everyone concerned.

‘‘Some of our officers and staff have played a part at The Wickerman since its early beginnings. From a policing perspective events of this magnitude will bring their own set of challenges but it is a rewarding and enjoyable experience for those involved.

‘‘Police officers will be operating within all areas of the venue. They are available to you so please take the opportunity to speak with them, particularly if you have any queries or concerns.

“Our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities, including the community that gathers for the weekend at The Wickerman. We want people to have fun and enjoy what is sure to be another excellent festival.

‘‘At the same time we want them to look after themselves, have respect for others and be mindful that what is against the law in Scotland is also against the law within any festival venue in Scotland.’’

“Drugs are illegal and Police Scotland adopts the same pro-active approach to the dealing and misuse of drugs across the country, no matter where it happens and no matter what the occasion or venue. Police Scotland will take action against drugs dealers and drugs misuse.

“Legal highs are dangerous and are not permitted at The Wickerman. Some of these substances do contain drugs that are controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1970, which means charges can be brought.

“Drugs will not be tolerated and anyone caught dealing or carrying drugs will be arrested. Police Scotland’s specialist drugs dogs will also be operating at The Wickerman.

“If you have information regarding drug misuse or dealing call Police Scotland on 101, or pass information anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”